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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 29, 2012 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dream Bowl: location only, no new music...

More on this amazing place, that has proved difficult to find:

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jun 29, 2012 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dream Bowl: location only, no new music...

nice, thanks for digging that out ... the 2/22 dream bowl show was one of the Oprah's picks ... thanks to the good Doctor ...


Okay hungry streamers - here's your weekly dose from the Doctor! A real dream show, in more ways than one. The Dream Bowl Vallejo, CA 2/22/69.

This is the second night, and 2/21 is also worth getting BTW. Not quite as special as tonight though, as you'll hopefully discover.
For those of you who are used to 1974 Wall of Sound quality, or need long Scarlet>Fire jams to dance to, this may not be your show. Although I have to say that this new version is a big improvement over my previous copy (less hiss).
However, if you can handle primal, in your face, pure cosmic
Kool Aid with no training wheels and no safety net Grateful Dead - this is the show you've been waiting for. Performances like this created the legend we now know as the Grateful Dead. To say Jerry is inspired tonight is a lame understatement. Listen to Death Don't. To quote Stan Lee - Nuff said.
As I've said before, early 1969 is where it's at. By the summer, they begin to experiment with other songs, and rely perhaps too much on Lovelight as the main jam vehicle (some as long as 30 minutes) to the detriment of the more cerebral and vanguard psychedelic music produced from Jan 1969 through April. It's no mystery why they released the Feb-Mar
box set - it's the cream of the year.
Just browse the shows (what's left) from this period. ALL these Feb shows are great (also the released 2/11 Fillmore show with Janis) and the April Avalon shows along with the 3 Boston shows in late April - these shows basically write the book on 1969.
A show maybe some of you have not heard, and hopefully someone can do a seed torrent on this new Owen version soon.
I won't even begin to try and comment on each song here. I've already said all that words can do in my review at the show's link page above, and besides, I'm trying to listen to this Dark Star with the other side of my brain!!
Hope you all enjoy this show.
Peace and love to all, hope the 1969 spirit can shine through for you,
Dr. Flashback :-)

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 30, 2012 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dream Bowl: location only, no new music...

Fun read. Thanks!
The blogger has that list of questions that remain unanswered to which I would add- Why the name 'Bowl?'
There was mention of a robust wartime defense industry in the area, and an active naval base after the war, ...seems a few lanes could have been thrown in at one time in some remote corner of the 'oversized quonset hut' ...for all those guys with money to burn in their pockets.
Still, though, no mention of any bowling alley activity as this piece of course focused more on the live music aspect of the history.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jun 30, 2012 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dream Bowl: location only, no new music...

Yes, thanks for this informative piece. I've always loved the 2-22-69 show -- the Dark Star is one of my very favorites and gets played a lot in my car -- but never knew anything about the context of it. The story of Barry Melton getting punched out by the locals brought back memories of longhairs getting harassed in the 60s in my East Coast home town, too.